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of the state department has issued a report on the events that took place in benghazi, september 11 of this year. i think it is excellent. there are other committees in congress that have begun other investigations and i think that each of these will contribute to our understanding of what happened in benghazi and help to make sure that nothing like it happens again. under the senate rules, our committee has a special responsibility for oversight. as i said, for the interaction of different agencies of government, it is through that lens that after the tragic events of benghazi on such a member leventhal, the senator and i began our investigation. obviously we were time limited by the end of this year and end of this congress, the end of my service here. i am grateful not only to the senator for once again the extraordinary by partisanship we have had, but also our staffs who have worked together for well. they really work through the holiday when i must ask for my benghazi team to come down to our first floor office. the numbers were smaller than they had been earlier, but they had
capabilities. we sometimes screw that up, as the case of benghazi demonstrates. the biggest policy question for us is how we become more nimble and understand the political trends in these societies. [applause] >> thank you, brian. bret, you are up. >> , am very honored to be here. i am particularly honored to be on a panel introduced by jim woolsey. i have the greatest admiration for him. the austrian physicist used to put down his worst students by saying, you're not even wrong. [laughter] that is how i am inclined to take this project i will spare you. -- i will spare you. if i say to my son what is 5 + 7711, that is wrong. -- seven and he says eleven, that is wrong. what it is has been that? what do of heard from reuel is a banana. the choice that we face is between secular dictatorship of the mubarak, or and democracy. we have to accept this democracy because even if it is islamist, it is a type of democracy. if you cast your mind back to january of 2011 when this whole business began, maybe december of 2010 with tenacious, -- tunisia, you could have made an argument that would have tu
watched al qaeda elements able to destroy our or damage severely our consulate in benghazi and kill four brave americans. the message has to be sent that the united states is in engaged and that the united states is ready to be involved and the united states is ready to do whatever is necessary to prevent an act that could endanger or take the lives of literally thousands and thousands of innocent people. >> thanks, john. we have reached a grave moment in the war that's raging in syria now for 20 months. and it's grave for the obvious fact that we believe that the assad government has weapononized chemical and biological agents and put them in a position where they can be used fairly rapidly. as you look back over the 20 months of this conflict, this follows a series of events, one leading to the other which people said could not happen. this began, remember, with peaceful demonstrations. and when assad was unable to control them or suppress, he began to fire on his own people and they began to defend themselves in a very unfair fight which everyone thought we should take sides on the si
, "the u.s. knew for years about the benghazi extremism." front page of "the new york times" has this story, "mortgage crisis brings a new reckoning to banks. in the worst case for the industry, the bill is near $300 billion." this is from the money section of "usa today." "future possible, the federal reserve is expected to take another step tuesday to stimulate the lackluster recovery with more treasury bonds to push down long-term interest rates bahut -- interest rates. host: also sticking with housing, from "the wall street journal" this morning, "high earners dropping scrutiny." "hundreds of senior managers that earned more than $200,000 last year -- host: charleston, west virginia, democratic caller. what are you willing to sacrifice? caller: i would not mind paying a little extra in taxes if i thought it was really going to help. one thing that people have to remember, the current tax burden on the american public right now is the lowest it has been since 1959. that is the year i was born. one friend of mine who makes over $250,000 per year, which entitle him to the bush e
. caller: good morning. i have a question about benghazi. nobody has said anything like this. it seems to me, the president would get on the phone with the president of the other country and say, "please help us save our people." the in the u.s. help support the efforts of the people to get rid of gaddafi? why did obama or hillary clinton get on the phone and call the president of libya and say, "you owe us. san whenever you have to save our people." i believe the local forces went in after it was over and our people were dead. to didn't somebody jawbone, get them in there to help? host: you can talk about any topic you like. joel florida, what is on your mind. caller: you were talking about afghanistan. one of the main reasons we are over there is to keep the poppy plants growing. host: what brings you to that opinion? caller: just research that i do online. host: how do you think things are going to work effort with the troupe drawdown? caller: anybody's guess. host: alright. sharon from california. caller: in 2013, there is a movement coming to washington, d.c., about systemic corru
objected because of the benghazi situation. you'll recall there was an attack on the consulate on september 11th. initially the administration said it was because of an protest of an anti-islam film that got out of hand. that's what susan rice said five days after the attack. it turns out it was a pre-planned terrorist attack. so a lot of criticism over what she said immediately after the attack and basically republicans use that had to sink the prospect of her nomination. >> host: is it unusual since she wasn't formally nominated for her to be the subject of floor speeches and committee hearings and her nomination being talked about so heavily? guest: it's happened before but not like it's happening right now. susan rice's nomination was basically sht down before she was nominated and we have a similar situation. talk of chuck hagel might be nominated. well, he has a lot of critics over in the senate too particularly among the republicans and they appear to have shot down his nomination. now it's considered unlikely. so he got preemptive nomination fights. and i think that's relatively new
for secretary of state the secretary of state clinton will testify a week from day on the attacks of benghazi. on capitol hill today, just this afternoon within the last couple of minutes word that speaker boehner will meet with president obama about the fiscal cliff and negotiations in the speaker office september out a message theying that speaker boehner will meet with the president at the white house. we'll keep you posted on that. here's is a look at prime time programming. we'll get the updates on the fiscal cliff on c-span. c-span 3 has a look at the deletes of the nation's infrastructure. all of that getting under way at 8:00 p.m. eastern on the c-span networks. >> my inspiration was the idea, i wanted to explain how told tarian happens. we know the documents of the cold wars and staw lynn, churchill, and truman. we read them, we have written them. i want to show from the ground up. what did it feel like to be one of the people who were subjected to this system. how did people make choices in this system? how did they react and how did they behave? one of the things that happened in 1
was not. i was talking about benghazi. >> you do not use the word immigration. >> it came up a little bit. it came up in the following way. people wanted to know that the president cared about the issue. they wanted to understand not -- why it had not been achieved in his first term. this served almost the same function i view, that of a threshold issue. if they are ok on immigration, they will listen to the rest of it. if you're not, they will not listen to the rest of it. but not think it is fully the problem. it served a little bit in this anecdotal evidence derived from interviews. it was an issue. it was almost a euro can this issue. >> alphonso. what did you do on your thoughts and vacation? i know you organize an independent television ad campaign in nevada. explain to us what that means. how does that word? how does it work? what did the election but like stick to your personal experience and then we will broaden it out. >> the great thing is that it is independent. i'm not here to defend the romney campaign. we realized we needed to do something different. the latino vote would b
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